Opioids are not necessarily evil – Michael Schatman

Written by Alice Weatherston

Since 1999 the use of opioids for pain management has quadrupled in the USA, resulting in what is now well known as the ‘opioid epidemic’ – too many people are now unnecessarily reliant on the drugs and opioid-related overdoses have rocketed. The prescription of opioids within the USA is now considered to be one of the biggest health crises facing the nation, however the battle to ‘fix’ the problem is complex. Michael Schatman has worked in multidisciplinary chronic pain management for over 30 years and has published more than 90 journal articles on pain management and pain bioethics. He recently...

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